Monday, July 15, 2013

Introduction To Meals In a Jar

I am a mom. And there are times where fast and easy is always the best way to go. However it always makes me cringe when that fast and easy is really a .99 heart attack. So with my Stomach and Family in mind Im going to introduce you into "Meals in a Jar" 
Meals in a Jar are like Freezer meals only they don't go in the freezer, and the prep is much easier and faster, no chopping, dicing, or pre cooking necessary. And they last 5 to 7 years!

In theory, Meals in a Jar can save families time and money when the pantry is stocked with Ready Made Meals. Even if it’s been a hectic day, you can simply come home and eat a delicious meal. Just add water and heat for an easy dinner.
What you need to make Meals in a Jar:

Quart Jars with wide mouth (the wide mouth makes things easier when assembling)


Oxygen Absorbers:  you can buy these online, Amazon,  for $12 for a hundred pack. They come with an oxygen indicator. If its pink they are good and if its Blue/purple they are no longer good. You will need a iron to reseal the bag of oxygen absorbers after opening. 

Quart Jar= 1 100cc
Quart Size Mylar Bag= 1 100cc
Quart size Vacuum bag= 1 100cc
Gallon Size Mylar bag= 3 100cc or 1 300cc
#10 can= 3 100cc or 1 300cc
5 gallon bucket= 2000cc

You will know that the oxygen absorber worked and the jars are sealed if the button on the lid no longer clicks 

New lids

These ingredients usually call for Freeze Dried Products. When it comes to meals, freeze dried is the tastiest way to go. It retains all of it's flavor!!! 

Freeze-drying is a process that allows food to be shelf stable while retaining the maximum amount of nutrients. Freeze dried foods retain their original color, form, size, taste and texture. 
 Dehydration is an excellent option in many cases, but the process does tend to change the color and texture of your food. Dehydration also doesn't remove as much water as freeze drying, resulting in foods that weigh more and have shorter shelf lives.

Once you have all the stuff this really doesn't take long at all. Put a few together at a time per recipe so you can have a stock of them.Then one day when you aren't in the mood for cooking you grab a jar, put some water in a pan or electric skillet, add the jar and cook for 20 min. Easy!!! You have a Yummy, nutritious, meal that doesn't require you to spend all your time on. Once again, Easy!!!

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